MagiReco was one of my favourite shows of 2020, so when I heard we were getting another season I was ecstatic. While I enjoyed the show a lot, it was undeniably lacking in some areas. Mainly in pacing and animation. The second season has rectified all of those issues and deviated substantially from the game’s story, for the better in my opinion.
MagiReco season 1 heavily followed the game’s storyline, at times to the detriment of the anime. It’s rare that games perfectly translate to anime adaptations, so it presented some issues with pacing at times. For this season, SHAFT decided to do their own thing
and deviate, while keeping the overall direction of the story pretty similar. I think it worked very well and felt faithful to MagiReco the game, yet also fresh. I loved that they were able to incorporate the cast of the original TV anime with game’s girls and their chemistry on screen was really nice.
SHAFT upped the production values for the show substantially since season 1. I don’t know if it was due to staff, budget, time or some combination of all, but this season looked amazing. The fight scenes are some of the best I’ve ever seen from SHAFT. The transformations which are key to any Mahou Shojo series were great too. In general, this season felt way more SHAFT-y. Those traditional high quality sequences and direction that we’ve come to know and love from the Monogatari series make a return and they really added to the overall ambiance of the show. Speaking of ambiance, the season does feel considerably darker than the first. As more clues are revealed about the wings of magius and their goals, the story begins to feel a lot more like OG Madoka.
I think the decision to go with 8 episodes in this cour and split the story into one more season coming in Fall, was brilliant. A reduced episode count means more time to work on episodes and allows you to have good pacing. I really hope this continues into the next season.
MagiReco Season 2 builds on a series that I already loved a lot and sures up a lot of the problems I had with it. If you thought MagiReco season 1 was interesting, but didn’t like the pacing or direction, I encourage you to give at least an episode of this a try. I think you’ll find it to be quite different, for the better.
MagiReco Season 2 gets 10 grief seeds out of 10.
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Japanese: マギアレコード 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ外伝 2nd SEASON -覚醒前夜-
English: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 - The Eve of Awakening
German: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 -The Eve of Awakening-
Spanish: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Temporada 2: The Eve of Awakening
French: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 - The Eve of Awakening
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2021 to Sep 26, 2021
Premiered: Summer 2021
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Score: 6.981 (scored by 1566415,664 users)
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